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Berry Street - Foster Care, Child Protection, Youth, Family Violence and Community Services
Welcome to Berry Street
|Berry Street is a not-for-profit, non-government and non-church based organisation that has been supporting Victorian children and families since 1877. |
We work with children, young people and families with the most challenging and complex needs. These children and young people have often suffered great distress and significant harm growing up in families where violence, neglect, abuse, trauma and poverty have prevented them from having a good childhood.
Our greatest challenges today are:
|Our Service Charter outlines the Berry Street service committment |
to you, our clients. We welcome suggestions and feedback and take seriously any complaints.
|Education, Training & Employment|
|Foster & Kinship Care|
Run Melbourne for Berry Street
This year we need your help to raise $30,000 to support our life-changing work and to keep our mission to never give up on vulnerable children. In the same time it takes most people to complete the 5km course there will be 7 reported cases of suspected child abuse in Victoria - that's 175 every day. You can partcipate in Run Melbourne and raise funds for Berry Street. Simply go to www.runmelbourne.com.au to register and choose Berry Street as your charity to fundraise for and set up your own online fundraising page. Register Now
Become a Foster Carer - Open Your Heart And Home To A Child
Foster care is vital for young people who cannot live safely at home. However, Melbourne, Victoria is facing a foster care crisis. There are more foster carers leaving the care system than there are people applying to become foster carers and the need for carers is increasing.
We urgently need families like yours to provide emergency, respite, short and long term care for children and young people.
The Good Childhood Conference
October 10 & 11, 2013
Moonee Valley Racecourse, Melbourne
The Berry Street Childhood Institute believes we all have a role to play in leading change to ensure all children have a good childhood.
We are very excited to be running our inaugural The Good Childhood Conference. This conference seeks to explore what sustains a good childhood and how to best support those who have not experienced a good childhood.
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News & Events
|The Great Glasbys - our foster carers|
|The Glasby family in Melbourne's north have had some amazing experiences fostering over 80 children in 20 years, as reported in a cover story by Adrian Bernecich the Heidelberg Leader... read more|
|Statement following ‘door stop’ by MP Bill Shorten|
|Monday 20 May 2013 MP Bill Shorten visited Berry Street’s central office in Richmond, Melbourne, to meet staff and hold a press conference on how the election result could change superannuation policy and what the effect would be on lower paid staff of social welfare organisations.|
After the press conference there was a chance for us to discuss our views on three areas that are important to us... read more
|JoyFM Berry Street Podcast 2 - Domestic Violence|
|Interested in learning more about family violence and what we are doing about it? |
In this months podcast Shannon Keebaugh from our family violence Northern Region team is interviewed about the work the team does with the police and families facing domestic violence...Listen to podcast
|More information on Family Violence programme|
|Forced Adoptions Apology|
|As the Federal Government today, Thursday 21 March, formally apologises for forced adoptions, Berry Street also releases its own apology acknowledging their impact and our deep regret that such practices ever took place... read more|